From spooky chills to concert thrills, there’s lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend—here’s what on in Edmonton!
1) DARK | Starts Oct. 7
Prepare to be scared at DARK, Fort Edmonton Park’s annual Halloween haunt! This year’s three realms of terror include a circus held captive by a killer clown, a lab that has become ground zero for a parasital fungus, and a farm in the middle of nowhere that has fallen prey to a terrible curse. Snacks and beverages will be available; this is a fully-licensed event recommended for ages 14 and up. Please note that the venue requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.
2) Vladimir Caamaño | Oct. 7–10
One of 2016’s Top 10 Comics to Watch (Variety), Vladimir Caamaño is coming to the Comic Strip at West Edmonton Mall! As the child of Dominican immigrants, growing up in the Bronx, Caamaño has a wealth of stories to tell in his unique style. Catch one of 6 shows between Oct, 7 and 10.
3) The Stand-Up Show Presents: Ryan Ash | Oct. 8
Having performed alongside comedians like Tracy Morgan and Patrice O’Neal, and having appeared in films and television for CBC and Fox, Ryan Ash now brings his comedy show to The Grindstone Theatre for a one-night-only performance! Please note that the venue requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.
4) Roots Film Premiere | Oct. 8
Faction Skis and Rabbit Hill Ski Resort have collaborated to produce Faction’s third feature film, Roots, an exciting journey into the history of freeskiing. The Edmonton premiere of the film will be projected onto a giant outdoor screen in front of the Rabbit Hill lodge. Bring your blankets and a lawn chair for a thrilling outdoor cinema experience!
5) The Jason Gregor Pizza Pigout | Oct. 8
Support KidSport Edmonton, catch a film on the big screen (the biggest LED screen in Canada, in fact), and enjoy LOTS of delicious pizza with this drive-in event! Over 40 pizzerias from across Edmonton have donated their pizza to this event in hopes that they win a coveted People’s Choice Award. Pig out and enjoy the show!
6) Run Without Borders Virtual Run | Oct. 8–11
Take part in a virtual 10K, 5K, or 3K run or walk in support of Doctors without Borders! This race is open to everyone; wherever you are in Edmonton, you can get some exercise, enjoy the beauty of fall, and help a great cause. You can register for any of the virtual races here.
7) Harley Morman: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again | Starts Oct. 9
This new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta uses lenticular images (the classic “holograms” of childhood toys and books) to create a completely different artistic experience depending on where you stand within the space. The exhibit runs until January 22, 2022.
8) Mark Sterling: The Songs of John | Oct. 9
Mark Sterling holds the title of most frequent performer at Festival Place; he returns October 9 for an evening celebrating the works of John Lennon. The concert, featuring both Mark and his brother Jeff commemorates what would have been the late singer’s 81st birthday.
9) Tim & The Glory Boys: The Hometown Hoe-Down Tour | Oct. 10
Multi-award-winning country bluegrass band Tim & The Glory Boys are coming to the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan! Don’t miss out on an evening of brand-new, toe-tapping tunes. Please note that the venue requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.
10) Thanksgiving | Oct. 11
A very happy Thanksgiving in advance, Edmonton! If you’re the type that loves the eating but not the cooking, check out our roundup of local spots for dine-in and takeout this Thanksgiving.